Bahrain, the small island country in the Persian Gulf roughly the same size as Rhode Island, is known for its many forts and palaces, and also for its mosques, ranging from quaint to glittering. Its many museums illustrate and showcase life on the island over the last three millennia. Bahrain is well-known for its global food scene, considering it is home to a majority expatriate population.
The island of Bahrain is roughly the size of Rhode Island, so it is very easy to arrive in the capital, Manama, sightsee for a few days, and then take day trips using private transportation to explore other parts of the kingdom, like Muharraq, just outside the city, and Riffa closer to the center of the island.
The best time to visit Bahrain is during the high season, when temperatures are cooler and there are more breezes, making conditions more pleasant for sightseeing. The high season begins in November and continues through March.
We recommend approximately 3-6 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in Manama.
Bahrain is 30 miles long by 10 miles wide at its widest point. You can see Bahrain by arriving by air in Manama, the capital, and then seeing the rest of the kingdom by private transport such as taxi or hired car.
The currency of Bahrain is the Bahraini dinar (written in shorthand as BD). U.S. dollars are not accepted. Be prepared with the correct currency on hand or exchange your dollars for dinars upon arrival. There are currency exchanges and ATMs at the airport, most hotels, and in many other locations across the country.
Due to Bahrain`s history as a British protectorate, its large expatriate community (including a U.S. military presence), and English-language instruction in Bahraini schools starting in the first grade, the vast majority of Bahrainis can speak English. Arabic is the official language, however, and there are some rural areas (where 10% of the population lives) where it may be difficult to locate an English speaker. Be prepared to learn basic Arabic phrases like hello/goodbye, please/thank you, and the numbers from 1-10, 50, 100, and 1,000. To say `Do you speak English`, say `Hal tatahadath al'injilizia?`